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In March 2011 the Blaan Literacy School and Learning Center in Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani province was occupied by elements of the 17th and 73rd IB soldiers of the Philippine Army, forcing the school to shut down and students and teachers to flee. This atrocity is just one of the many examples of the military occupation of schools. Others include:

  • Monkayo Vocational School in Compostela Valley (the 25th IB parked their APC vehicles in the school compound)
  • Tugbok Elementary and High School in Tugbok District, Davao City (84th IB often parked a 6-by-6 truck in the school gym)
  • Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato (10th Special Forces and 57th IB troops, in full uniform and carrying firearms, freely went in and out of the school; some played basketball, and used the school’s Internet)
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